It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report begins our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown. Last year went fairly well, but starting today and through August 27th, we'll break down every player on the Denver Broncos roster.
Name: Dillon Day
Height: 6'4" Weight: 299
Age: 24 Experience: 1st
College: Mississippi State
Dillon Day joined the Denver Broncos as a college free agent after going undrafted during the 2015 NFL Draft.
He received the highest signing bonus($8,000) of the Broncos undrafted rookie class.
He was also a four-year starter(46-of-51 games) at center during his collegiate career at Mississippi State. He anchored the team's offensive line in 2014 that set 15 school records and won 10 games for the first time since 1999.
Day joined the Broncos after the 2015 NFL Draft and spent the entire summer pushing for a roster spot. He didn't crack the Broncos 53-man roster, but he did spent the entire 2015 season on the Broncos 10-man Practice Squad.
Now he enters the 2016 NFL season once again pushing for a backup job at center for the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos.
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Dillon Day will push James Ferentz and Sam Brenner for a backup roster spot this summer. He's a tough and intense player who had plenty of success in the SEC in his past, so I think he can be a valuable backup for the Broncos.
I think Day is a good scheme fit for Gary Kubiak's zone blocking scheme. He's smart, athletic enough, he's strong, has a mean streak and just has all the qualities you want from a zone blocking interior offensive lineman
Also, his competition to be the backup center isn't all that great. Sam Brenner is a veteran who has bounced around a bit and James Ferentz is on the bubble. So the opportunity is there for Day to move his way up the depth chart
Here are the strengths listed for Day via NFL.com
Intelligent with strong competitive streak. Rarely busts on tape and is assignment-oriented. Good vision and anticipation of twists and games up front. Can come off of block quickly to pick up twist or blitzer. Thick through middle with good bubble. Plays with desired toughness at the point of attack and is a fighter in tight quarters. Not always pretty, but gets guys blocked.
Even if Day doesn't crack the 53-man roster I think he is a strong Practice Squad candidate again in 2016. The Broncos did not add any other young centers this offseason, so it's either Day or someone they add off the waiver wire.
The lack of information on his progress makes it difficult to accurately talk about his current struggles. Some of his pre-draft concerns were about his overall stiffness in his play, he's a little "undersized" so he doesn't generate a ton of power and some balance issues.
Other than that, I do not have much to add here. His competition doesn't seem all that daunting for Day so he has a shot to make the team. He's currently on the outside looking in, but I think he has a shot at making the team.
I think Day has a good shot at making the team. His main competition is James Ferentz and he's on the bubble too, so he has a shot. At worse, I think Day ends up on the Broncos Practice Squad again this year.
He's a tough, smart, nasty, and intelligent. Those traits will get you an NFL roster spot.